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Rocky Mountain Wooden Boat School

Build A Stand Up Paddleboard

Learn the skills of making your own paddleboard. Customize it to your specifications.

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Build A Stand Up Paddleboard

Time & Location

Jun 01, 2019, 8:00 AM – Sep 30, 2019, 12:00 PM

Rocky Mountain Wooden Boat School, 340 W Portal Rd, Grand Lake, CO 80447, USA

About The Event

Pick a date where you can spend 5 days in the summer to do your build. Six weeks prior registration and receipt of payment is required to insure arrival of kit materials at the school. Arrangements have been made with a local motel one block from the school to provide rooms at a 15% discount for RMWBS students.

In this one-week class, you will build either a 12-1/2-foot or 14-foot Kaholo paddleboard. It took more than five years for the team at Chesapeake Light Craft to develop the Kaholo designs, boards with that rare quality of being fast enough to race but stable enough for first-timers. Tracking is great and a narrow nose with kayak-derived shaping lifts the Kaholos up and over waves. The 14 is better for larger paddlers, 190lbs or more (or those who might carry along dogs or small kids). The 12-6 is more compact, best for smaller-statured paddlers, and it fits in several increasingly popular racing classes. There are no other SUP boards in the world that are easier for a first-time boatbuilder.

Starting from a computer-cut Chesapeake Light Craft kit, you’ll build your wooden Kaholo stitch-and-glue style. Okoume plywood panels are joined to form the board’s shape, and the interior reinforced with a grid of aircraft-like frames for stiffness and light weight. Epoxy and fiberglass add strength and durability. Proper deck pads and carrying handles are included. You may add whimsical decoration to your board, such as Hawaiian fabrics beneath the fiberglass. There are many SUPs, but the one you build yourself will be absolutely unique.

Call us (970-305-7132) for class prices.

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